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Family 'loss' over US shootings
Rachel Entwistle, Lillian Entwistle
Mrs Entwistle's greatest love was being a mother, her parents said
The parents of an American woman shot dead along with her nine-month-old daughter, have said they are "overwhelmed by loss".

Rachel Entwistle, 27, and baby Lillian were found dead in their US home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, a week ago.

Her family said they were confident her killer would be brought to justice.

British husband Neil Entwistle, 27, has been named "a person of interest" by US investigators after he flew to the UK before the bodies were discovered.

A funeral for Mrs Entwistle and her daughter will be held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.

In a statement read by family friend and former state police commander Joe Flaherty, Mrs Entwistle's mother and stepfather, Priscilla and Joseph Matterazzo, said: "We are grateful for the outpouring and prayers of love and support offered by family, friends and strangers alike.

As the family continues to grieve, we also celebrate and are thankful for the time we had with Rachel and Lilly
Family statement

"The family asks for your continued prayers.

"They are also asking that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time."

He paid tribute to Mrs Entwistle, saying: "Rachel was a wonderful wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister and mother.

"She made close friends a part of her family and always kept her family at the centre of her life.

"With the birth of Rachel's daughter, Lillian Rose Entwistle, last April, Rachel shared her greatest love - being a mother.

"As the family continues to grieve, we also celebrate and are thankful for the time we had with Rachel and Lilly."

Embassy questioning

Neil Entwistle, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, was questioned by detectives for four hours on Friday after voluntarily attending the US embassy in London.

He is not being treated as a suspect.

US police had already spoken to him on the phone following the discovery of the bodies of his wife and child.

The 27-year-old is thought to have left the US before the bodies were discovered under a pile of blankets in a bedroom at their home.

The family had lived at the address for only 10 days.

The couple met through a rowing club when Mr Entwistle was studying at the University of York.

They married in 2003 and moved to the US shortly after their daughter was born. Mr Entwistle was said to have been looking for a job in the US.

Mrs Entwistle taught at St Augustine's Catholic School in Redditch, Worcs, between 2002 and 2005.




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